By Mychal Hunter
This has been an interesting offseason so far. Each year college basketball seems to get closer and closer to being a year round sport. It’s not quite the ESPNFL thankfully, but the content and action is about 9-10 months a year for the most part.
Yesterday a couple large dominoes fell as two of the premier programs in the ACC landed difference makers. Coach K and the Duke Blue Devils gained the commitment of 2020 point guard Jeremy Roach while 2019 National Champion Virginia added JUCO sharpshooter Tomas Woldetensae.
Let’s first look at the Roach commitment. This is basically just Duke being Duke, the rich getting richer (more rich?). He is a currently the #15 player in the 2020 class and the #2 point guard. Jon Scheyer strikes again. The first tweet I saw was from stock risers:
One other thing of note in regards to Roach is that he is currently recovering from an ACL tear in his right knee and did not play this past season. The ACL injury is not the death sentence it used to be, but it does take time to recover from. If he is able to regain the form he showed in last years Peach Jam, Duke fans should be ecstatic.
As far as Woldetensae goes, I had to do some looking. I could tell you all about this kid like I knew he existed 24 hours ago, but that would be a lie. I first saw the news from Jeff Goodman:
Can I just call him TW? Let’s do that. TW is a native of Italy who played at Indian Hills CC last season. The 6’5 southpaw averaged 17.3 points 2.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game last season while shooting 47.6% from deep. He was also a JUCO All-American First Team member.
This seems to be a good first step in Tony Bennett’s quest to replace the shooting that Virginia lost to the draft this year. I am not always the biggest believer in JUCO kids, but if you can shoot and play defense, Tony Bennett will probably get the most out of you.